This particular image was taken at Farington Lodge in Leyland, near Preston. Victoria had put together a pinterest board with various creative wedding images she liked, a lot of which were mine from previous weddings. This is a good way to find what your client is actually after, providing they are aware it's for ideas and inspiration, and not simply to duplicate. This particular idea was spawned from a firework image Victoria had seen, but felt it wouldn’t be practical on the day. I think she expected it to take far too long to set up. Actually, it’s quite straightforward. I needed a long enough exposure to capture the writing, along with a pop of light to correctly expose Victoria and Tony. So, I definitely needed a tripod! Lets start with the lighting. The tree is actually lit by one of the hotel floodlights, so I made use of it. I placed a Godox Witatro 360Ws (available in various guises from Cheetah Stands, Strobies, Lencarta etc.) behind the groom and bride to provide the rim light, set to 1/32nd and firing through a dedicated beauty dish without a grid. Frame left is another Witstro 360, firing at 1/16th through an 80×80 folding softbox, which is providing the overall fill for the bride and groom. A third Witstro 360 is frame right, firing through a gridded beauty dish at 1/8th output, providing some textural skim to the Victoria's dress. It also provides some highlight to the Tony's suit. The flash synch was set to second curtain, so the flash will fire just as the second curtain is about to close. The shutter speed was 8 seconds, to allow sufficient “ambient” (tree floodlights etc) to register for the floodlit areas in the background, and also register the path of the sparkler. The slight movement of the tree leaves can be seen due to the long exposure. 8secs ISO100 f5.6 Wondering why the writing didn't go right to the edge of the frame? I had to clone out my fat head, as I didn't quite make it out of the frame in time. Meh! Budget Version: Basically, just swap all Witstros for speedlights. Rim light would be 8th and firing through a stofen. Frame left main light would be ¼ and fire into a shoot through umbrella. The frame right texture light would be ½ and fire into a reflective umbrella. You may need to tweak the output settings slightly dependant on the modifier used. Things to bear in mind: Umbrellas are absolutely brilliant for a number of reasons. They are easy to store, transport and erect. They can be used fully deployed or partially collapsed to give quite different looks to the light. They make brilliant parachutes, and will throw your lighting gear to the floor at the slightest breeze! Use camping guide ropes and tent pegs to immobilise your lightstands.